MemberOctober 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm
Of all the over 17000 islands in Indonesia, Bali is usually best known. Some tourists vising Bali don’t even know there is an Indonesia beyond this little beautiful island :). For wheelchair using travellers, Bali is probably easiests, at least there is already a small choice of accessible hotel rooms. Some few sightseeing destinations have started to equip their premises with ramps and even the one or other accessible toilet. Bali is still a rather inaccessible place to go, but the physical barriers are balanced by the overwhelmingly helpful and friendly Indonesian people!
For those who like to see more of Indonesia, visit Yogyakarta in Java, and South Sulawesi, an island to the north-east, where the famous Toraja people maintain facinating rituals and building structures from their former animistic beliefs.
For information on possibilities contact AccessibleIndonesia.
MemberOctober 10, 2017 at 12:40 am
Hi! That’s really interesting, as I would love to visit Indonesia one day! Is there any accessible transport (public or special) for travelers with electric wheelchairs?
MemberOctober 10, 2017 at 8:23 am
Hi Kamil, thanks for asking.
There is no accessible public transport in Indonesia. Hoping for the future!
Jakarta has some few taxis with a swivel seat, which is useful for people who can transfer to such a seat and have a foldable wheelchair to store in the back of the car.
In Bali one minivan with hydraulic lift is available for rent and one or two hotels have their own van with lift.
Apart from this minivan with hydraulic lift in Bali, we use minvans accessible via portable ramp. We remove benches from the van to make space either for transfer to a seat or to tie down the wheelchair if you stay seated in it.
The disadvantage of an electric wheelchair is its weight and thus the difficulty to lift it over steps and up and down stairs. Since all temples and most of the other sightseeing objects have some steps and stairs, and there is no way around at least some lifting, this limits the options to explore (doesn’t make it impossible, though). Of course we use paths and entrances that are as stairfree as possible.
MemberOctober 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Thank you for the detailed answer and all the information! I will have these in mind if one day decide to visit Indonesia!
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